Guanacaste is the warmest and driest of the seven provinces of Costa Rica. With a population of about 400,000 people, it covers the entire northwestern section of the country, bordering the Pacific Ocean and the country’s northern neighbor, Nicaragua. It is the most sparsely populated region in Costa Rica, covered with open pastures, protected parks and tropical dry forest.
Before July 25, 1824, the region was part of Nicaragua. The Annexation of Guanacaste happened as a result of the people’s election, and today the people who live in this region are known as “Guanacastecos.” The decision to leave Nicaragua and become part of Costa Rica has long been recognized as a symbol of Costa Rica’s strong democracy, and people are proud to celebrate it.
Among the most popular beach communities for expats in the area are Playas del Coco, Flamingo, Tamarindo, and Nosara. These communities offer amenities for daily living, business opportunities, infrastructure, and a natural center for fun activities. The coast is also dotted with many emerging cities. And you will find American and Canadian expats almost anywhere in Guanacaste.
Costa Rica only experiences two seasons, rainy and dry. In Guanacaste, these seasons tend to be the least dramatic, with mostly hot and dry weather and sunshine almost every day of the year. While temperatures can exceed 90 F and occasionally drop to 70 F at night, average temperatures range from 80 F to 90 F throughout the year.
Even during the rainy season (May to early November), it is rare for it to rain every day and equally rare to have a day where it rains the entire way. The Guanacaste region most commonly offers days that start out sunny, with occasional tropical rains in the afternoon or evening. The rainiest months here are September and October.